IJsselstein (Utrecht, Netherlands)
IJselstein (IJsselstein), a town (1947 pop., 5,311, 2005 pop. 34,000) in the Dutch province of Utrecht, which, together with the village of Benschop, was governed by the tolerant Ghijsbrecht van Baeck in the early 1530s when Anabaptism arose in the Netherlands. The reformer Henric Rol, who later joined the Anabaptists, was until about 1530 van Baeck's domestic chaplain, and van Baeck's wife, Else van Lostadt, was herself an Anabaptist. Anabaptist meetings could be held freely at IJselstein. But Anabaptism in this territory soon deteriorated into Münsterism, leaders like Gerrit van Benschop preaching revolutionary principles. After 1535 it soon declined, though IJselstein in the following years was still a shelter for Anabaptists persecuted elsewhere. When Else van Lostadt, who had been in prison 1544-1548, was set free, all traces of Anabaptism had disappeared in this region.
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